Sometimes It feels like you life is a mess and you don’t know how it ended up that way. However, there are simple ways in ensuring some comfort in your life. One of the easiest ways we at RATS have discovered, is through the trusty agenda. We all hated having agenda’s in elementary school that were checked daily, but now, you have the freedom to make it, and write whatever you please in it, without the concern of your parents checking if you finished your homework. Consider your agenda as your journal. Document as little or as much as you want. Agendas are of course for organizing day-to-day activities, but can be used for so much more.
Back to Basics
Find an agenda that you love. Not one that’s just okay, or one that is missing something you find crucial in your agenda, or has cute stickers, but one that works for you. One’s that have a more minimalist theme are often easier to approach as they are not as intimidating as other agendas. Make sure the agenda looks appropriate. If you’re going to be bringing it into meetings and such, you don’t want a picture of Harry Styles face on it, regardless of how much you wish it could be.
Now it’s time to take your agenda at face-value, once you open it that is. If there’s a monthly calendar, use it! Plan in advance. Set goals for yourself on the calendar and review them at the end of each week to ensure that you are completing what you hoped to. Use different colour pens and markers to organize the different aspects of your life: personal, school, work, etc. Being able to quickly recognize and distinguish events on your calendar will make things alot easier for you while on the go.
This is the same for your weekly schedule. If your agenda breaks up your day by morning, afternoon, evening, things just became a lot easier for you as you can really micro-manage your busy day. If you’re taking courses, try breaking them up by using different colour ink for each class. If you have more than one job, do the same!
Pro-tip: Never assume you’ll remember anything. Make sure you write it down. Especially the time for your appointment later this week. And if you’re not sure when it is and can’t call right then to check, write a sticky note to yourself as a reminder to get things in order. Also, never use pen. Plans change. Stick with pencil.
Speaking of sticky notes, use them, all of them. Different shapes, different colours. Figure out which work best for you. Use the same one’s for the same aspects of your life, or don’t. But there’s often a blank page beside your weekly schedule that allows you to write memos and such to yourself. Place sticky notes here to keep your weekly schedule as neat as possible. Draw here too! If you’re a visual person, making notes by drawing them out can really help too, especially with high stress levels.
- A variety of sticky notes in size and colour
- A pencil (easy to erase changed plans)
- Coloured markers or pens for different aspects of your life (business, personal, school)
- Highlighters (pencil highlighters are fantastic and don’t smudge ink)